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Lava Isopods
Dan

Lava Isopods: The Hottest Bioactive Critters? (Porcellio scaber)

Lava Isopods are a hot classic that never goes out of fashion. Regarded as one of the original isopod morphs, they’ve long been prized for their stunning mottled magma coloration. Each is a unique blend of orange, red, and black hues. Plus, they’re also a Porcellio scaber, which are tried-and-tested bioactive custodians.  With credentials like

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rainforest terrarium
Rae

Jungle Magic: How to Make a Captivating Rainforest Terrarium

I may be biased, but rainforest terrariums really are the best terrariums. Is there a better (or more beautiful) way to bring lush greenery and vibrant colors into your home? Now, as you might expect, attempting a tabletop replica of nature’s finest ecosystem comes with its challenges. However, with the right setup, plants, and style

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Florida fast Isopod
Dan

Florida Fast Isopods: Bioactive Bugs With a Need for Speed

The appropriately named “Florida Fast Isopod” really delivers on its promises. Honestly, nothing even comes close to the natural speed of Atlantoscia floridana isopods. They’re so fast it’s hard to keep your eyes on them as they dart around. So maybe not the best isopod species for handling (unless you have the hand speed of

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orange koi isopods
Dan

Orange Koi Isopods: A Small but Striking Catch (Care Guide)

Porcellio scaber ‘Orange Koi’ is a zesty isopod morph.  Yes, I’m biased (orange is my favorite color), but I just love these bold beauties. Each bears a mottled arrangement of white spots, just like the Koi fish they’re named after. As one of the original isopod species in the hobby, this morph is from good

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Dwarf purple isopods
Dan

Dwarf Purple Isopods: Bioactive Care Guide (Trichoniscidae)

Dwarf Purple Isopods are the darker side of the famous bioactive dwarf duo. Coming in even smaller than their white counterparts, they come with a variety of unique advantages. In fact, they are categorically the smallest isopods on the market. So they can fit in all but the smallest of containers, and (along with their

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Rae

Discover 10 Unique Terrarium Themes to Spark Your Creativity

Half the fun of terrariums is exploring new and exciting themes. Whether it’s a new natural biome to be shrunk down to size or a new TV show to be captured in terrarium format – the possibilities are endless. By combining living plants with unique and interesting elements, we can create something truly extraordinary.  If

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Jumping Spiders
Dan

Jumping Spider Pets – A Unique and Fun Terrarium Option?

Spiders aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but jumping spiders have become an unlikely mascot for terrarium Tiktok of late, and I’m all for it. With their tiny fuzzy bodies and (disproportionately) large goo-goo eyes, they’re undeniably cute. Though, maybe it’s their mannerisms and personality that makes them such interesting pets? Docile, curious, and friendly –

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Springtails Collembola
Dan

Springtails (Collembola) 101: A World of Micro-Wonders

Springtails are charming little creatures that are, sadly, often little understood.  These hexapod critters truly are the unsung heroes of our soil ecosystems. A vast worker force operating in the shadows, helping to break down plant matter and facilitate the flow of nutrients. Yet they’re still regarded as pests when found in the home. Sometimes, even falsely

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Terrarium Table
Rae

How to Make a Terrarium Table – Everything You Need to Know

Terrarium tables are undeniably cool.  Not only is it a beautiful way to tell your guests – and the world – that you’re a plant person, but it’s also a creative invitation to bring yet more plants into the home when you’re short on space. But there are lots of different ways to approach it,

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Houseplant Statistics
Dan

Houseplant Statistics & Trends 2023 [+ Original Search Data]

Houseplants have played a key part in the botanical renaissance of recent years. Whether it’s green-fingered Millennials chasing the latest rare species, TikTok plant hacks, or just people looking for some company at home, people are flocking to houseplant ownership for many different reasons. In this article, we’ve curated the most up-to-date houseplant statistics –

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Dan

The Most Problematic Plants, Issues & Pests [Original Data]

When a plant issue comes up, Google is the first place people go for a diagnosis. Searches like, “help, my Pothos leaves are turning brown” or “thrips on Monstera” can tell us a lot about what people are experiencing with their plants. So imagine what we can find when we analyze over 350,000 of these

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Dan

8 Exotic Insect & Bug Pets (Perfect for Terrariums)

Insects and bugs are a natural fit for terrariums. Small, inexpensive, and often easy to please – sounds like the perfect pet, right? Not to mention the variety! Seriously, with stunning creatures like orchid mantis’ and metallic flower beetles, the amount of exotic, bold, and bright bugs to choose from is incredible. In this guide, we’re

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